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Pathfinder Effects

The Pathfinder effects were a lot more awe-inspiring before the dawn of the enlightened era in which we were given compound shapes. If you've read Chapter 7, you know that four of the major Pathfinder palette commands were awarded superpowers in this new version of Illustrator. The Add, Subtract, Intersect, and Exclude commands are now live. This means that, like effects, they are fully editable and can be expanded and released (undone), giving you tons of flexibility. Where effects still shine over the Pathfinder commands, however, is with the remaining commands that do not fall under compound shapes. The live effects versions of these commands don't permanently chop up your art, but provide you instead with the powers of editability and removal. By this time I probably don't have to tell you (OK, I can't resist) that one of the times this can really save you is when a client of yours loves the work you've done (that, of course, involves a layered-looking kind of image where one thing peeks through to another) but wants to move one of the pieces “just a tad bit” to convey just exactly the right message.

Because we've already covered the specifics of each individual Pathfinder command, we'll now take a look at how you can apply a few of the Pathfinder effects. One of the great things about using Pathfinder effects is that you can use them on combinations of complex paths, as you'll see in the first example.


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